Volunteer Spotlight: Business Chica Chair

Latinitas would like to express our deep gratitude to Angela Sustaita, ourIMG_0766 Business Chica Conference Chair. As the conference chair, Angela helped with organizing an excellent event focused on inspiring the next generation of business leaders through career & college panels, presentations on business planning and sessions on financial literacy.  She also helped offer hands-on activities to help girls develop their own business venture ideas, marketing plans, business plan and advertisements. Angela played an instrumental role finding the conference venue, organizing speakers, recruiting volunteers, planning the agenda, getting donations, sponsoring food, serving as a speaker during the event and helping make sure the event was a success. Thank you to Angela for all your wonderful efforts to help inspire the next generation of business owners!

Angela talked about her experience with the Business Chica Event.

“I think the Business Chica event really opened girls’ minds to entrepreneurship. A lot of girls are only given a few options to plan for their future. It is important for girls to start thinking early about their future. I think the girls learned that you don’t have to be a specific age to start your own business; they can start early to get an advantage. It is great for the girls to know the basic steps they can do to start their own business. The panel of business leaders was wonderful. It is important to give girls real world examples and to show them successful women. It also showed them that these successful women are humans and they aren’t perfect. I think the girls can relate to them because they started just like the girls. Many of them had barriers and faced challenges, but that didn’t stop them.”

Volunteer Spotlight, Stephanie Moreno

Stephanie Moreno has been one of our most dedicated volunteers over the last five years. She has taken on leadership roles in helping run an after-school club, serving as a guest speaker on multiple times and recently acting as our event chair for our Aim High Conference. She shared some of her experiences as a volunteer…

I wanted to get involved with the Aim High STEM event because I feel passionately about exposing girls to science and technology and the opportunities it can offer them in the future.

It is extremely important to connect girls to other women and girls that they can look up to because it gives them an example that they can look up to.Having a good role model can inspire the girls to set goals to grow up and become successful women.

Volunteering with Latinitas has been an extremely rewarding experience all around but the best part has been connecting to the girls and learning about their future dreams and goals. It has been very special to work with them and make an impact in their lives.

It is important for girls to start learning about possible career options early because this will help them prepare for their career goals. As the world has gotten increasingly competitive it is important to teach the girls how to set goals and long term plans that will get them there.

It is very important to me to teach young girls about opportunities in STEM because many branches still suffer from a lack of female professionals. It is important to society as a whole to develop a well represented group of professionals and events like this can show them the various options available to them.

If I could give a message to younger girls it would definitely be to never give up no matter how difficult or out of your league a dream might seem. Dreams are for everyone and anybody with the drive and perseverance can achieve it.

The message and central focus of Latinitas is very close to my heart because it speaks to the younger versions of myself. Programs like Latinitas are crucial to developing young girls’ confidence and belief in themselves, and when we do that anything is possible for them.

El Paso Program Bulletin December 2014

Latinitas is recruiting girls in grades 4-8th for our Girl Power workshop series. Girls will meet on a monthly basis throughout the school year to hear inspirational guest speakers, participate in hands-on workshops, meet role models, build confidence, express themselves creatively and discuss girl power topics. The program will encourage girls to grow strong, healthy and confident as they develop leadership skills, connect with female role models, learn ways to overcome peer pressure, boost their self-esteem, learn about the importance of education and explore career options.

To successfully complete the program and receive a diploma of completion, girls must attend at least 5 workshops and complete at least 5 hours of community service.
  • BUSINESS CHICA (December 13) connect girls with leaders
  • HEALTHY CHICA – (January 31) promotes health & wellness
  • COLLEGE CHICA – (February 21) prepares girls for higher education
  • WOMEN’S DAY – (March 7) helps girls learn about women leaders
  • GIRL POWER FEST – (April) promotes confidence and leadership

Membership for the program is $25 and includes workshops and supplies. To reserve your spot, register online at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/girl-power-academy-tickets-13079668641

December 13 from 10am-3pm
Southwest University

Girls ages 10-17 are invited to discover their entrepreneurial spirit and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century at the Business Chica Conference. Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. The workshop fee is $10 and includes lunch. TO RSVP ONLINE, visit


To pay online at:http://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-chica-tickets-13079967535
For more information, contact us at latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 915.219.8554.

January 31 from 10am-3pm
El Paso First
Girls ages 10-17 are invited to join us for a day of girl power featuring inspirational guest speakers and hands-on workshops promoting healthy choices, wellness and confidence. Girls will have an opportunity to participate in a yoga workshop, session on healthy eating, dance lesson and fitness activities. Join us for creative expression activities that will help girls de-stress, relax and rejuvenate. This workshop is hosted in partnership with El Paso First Health Plans. To pre-register, visit: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

For more information, please contact Latinitas at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

February 21 from 10am-2pm


Girls are invited to discover the importance of college and get an insider’s view of college life in the Latinitas College Chica workshop. Girls will have an opportunity to tour the UTEP campus, meet college student mentors, attend workshops on the importance of education and participate in activities to start preparing for college. This workshop is co-hosted by Latinitas and the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement.To pre-register, visit: http://laslatinitas.com/programs/registration

For more information, please contact Latinitas at 915.219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com


Latinitas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowering Latina youth through media and technology. This grassroots coalition of women leaders provides enrichment programs focused on helping Hispanic girls build confidence through creative expression.We encourage local girls to express themselves and foster a positive self-esteem through multimedia enrichment lessons on writing, arts & crafts, photography, filmmaking and radio production. By hosting educational outreach workshops, internships, camps, conferences, retreats and after-school programs, we connect girls with positive mentors who encourage them to build their self-esteem, confidence, cultural pride, body image, leadership skills, academic skills, efficacy and resiliency to at-risk behavior. Girls in our programs publish LatinitasMagazine.org, the first digital magazine by and for Latina youth. Our youth-produced on-line magazine is focused on informing, entertaining and inspiring young Latinas to succeed. If you are interested in contributing, contact us at 219.8554 or latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com

December 2014 El Paso Volunteer Bulletin


BUSINESS CHICA -- December 13

This event promotes the next generation of business leaders by connecting girls with local business role models.

Volunteers are needed to help throughout the event with set-up, decorating, stuffing goody bags, assisting with registration, helping workshop presenters, serving lunch, guiding small team activities, mentoring girls, acting as role models and breaking down.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the following areas:
-Promote the event throughout social media & post the flyer
-Spread the word & invite girls you know (scholarships available)
-Contribute a door prize or goody bag item (or help us get a donation)
-Donate snacks (granola bars, breakfast bars, chips, cookies or drinks)
-Help sponsor a girl ($20 helps cover a girl)

For more information, contact Alicia latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

Join us in encouraging girls to making healthy choices. This event will feature hands-on activities and presentations on staying active, nutrition and wellness. Volunteers are needed to help with event planning, promotion, fundraising and recruiting speakers. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.

Join us in encouraging girls to begin planning for college. This event will feature hands-on activities and presentations on the importance of education and how to prepare for higher learning. Volunteers are needed to help with event planning, promotion, coordinating activities, getting donations and recruiting speakers. For more information, contact latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or 219.8554.


Latinitas is currently recruiting for our Girl Empowerment Fellowship to assist with facilitating our girl empowerment programs during the school year. Fellows will dedicate 10 hours a week to take on leadership roles in planning girl empowerment events, mentoring members, facilitating multimedia arts lessons and coordinating after-school programs. This position offers an educational stipend at the end of the program. To apply, please send your resume latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call 915.219.8554.


We are currently recruiting fall interns in the following areas – Marketing & Public Relations, Graphic Design, Web Design, Photography, Video Production, Youth Outreach, Translation and Event Planning. Interns will make a difference in the lives of local girls while gaining valuable hands-on experience, developing their portfolio and building their resume. If you are interested, please email your resume to latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call us at 915.219.8554


Volunteers are needed to serve as mentors for girls in grades 4-8th and help guide girls with hands-on creative expression and self-esteem boosting activities. These clubs meet once a week from 5-6:30pm, so on-going volunteering is welcome. If you are interested in helping, please email latinitaselpaso@yahoo.com or call us at 915.219.8554

Nominate a candidate for the Mujeres Making a Difference Award.
The Latina List is accepting nominations of Latina leaders who are making an impact in the border community of the greater El Paso area. The Mujeres Making a Difference Awards give well-deserved recognition to Hispanic women who have made significant contributions to the empowerment and well being of the El Paso community. Latinitas, El Paso’s leading Hispanic young women’s empowerment organization, will recognize the leadership achievements of Hispanic women who have served the El Paso Community. Leaders will be awarded for their achievements within their respective professions and service to the community. Make your nomination here: http://laslatinitas.com/latina-list

Hour of Code

National Computer Science Education Week takes place December 8-14 and focuses on introducing students to computer programming and promoting computer science careers. Hour of Code is an opportunity for every student to try computer science for one hour. Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists build things like cell phones, microwaves, computers and traffic lights. They work id different areas like making apps for phones, creating animated movies, developing video games, building robots, working on social media and so much more.

As a part of the Hour of Code celebration, Latinitas hosted computer science activities during our after-school programs. Our Latinitas were able to designing apps, learn about HTML, design their own webpage, learn computer programming and create video games. IMG_0433

“What I liked most of this activity was that we were able to write and post it on our website. What I learned from this activity is the different ways to write in bold and underline using html.” – Delaney

“What I liked about this activity is that we got to type on the computer and created different symbols. I learned that different symbols can be used differently “B” to bold “U” underline.” -Chantal

“What I liked most about this activity is typing what I want to be when I grow up.” -Laysha

“I learned from this activity that symbols can mean new words. What I liked most of this activity is that we got to talk about ourselves.”-Shakti

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Intern Spotlight: Fall 2014

Giselle Portillo
Graphic Design Intern
EPCC, Marketing Major
I was in the Graphic Design program at my high school for the last three years. I would like to continue learning and developing those skills as well. Graphic Design ignited my creativity and helped me grow as a designer.To gain “real-wordl” experience in the field of advertising and graphic design. I am also a Latina, and I would love to be able to gain this experience that I am eager to work for by interning at “Latinitas” and be able to help a helping organization like this one grow. I would like to become a part of “Latinitas” to learn from it and contribute to it in order to help the organization grow and therefore help impact more Latin girl’s lives.An internship with “Latinitas” in the field of marketing and graphic design will help me gain experience and grow as a marketer/designer. As a Latina I would also like to help out other Latinas and through this internship I believe I would be able to do that. This internship will help me gain the right type of experience and skills that I need in order to reach my goal of becoming an experienced marketer/graphic designer to help grow and advertise “good for the community” services and organizations like “Latinitas” that care and are willing to help communities. “Latinitas” would be the first step to help me gain the experience and exposure that I need in order to reach my goal of advertising and letingt people know about good intentioned products, services and organizations.

Karla Castillo
Web Design Intern
UTEP Computer Science Major
I wanted to join because I heard that working with your organization was a lot of fun. You only don’t learn about one area, you could learn much more than that. I am currently working for a certification for Dreamweaver, and Flash from Adobe because my career goals are to focus on being a webmaster. Latinitas will help me reach my goals because I can gain real life experience. I want to learn more about web pages and gain some real life experience.

Michelle Bretado
Marketing Major
UTEP Media Advertising Major
The first time I heard about Latinitas was at Chalk the Block. I’ve had several friends intern with Latinitas and they had so many positive things to say about the internship. I can express my creativity, utilize my communication skills, and learn from my peers. Participating in an internship with Latinitas will allow me to gain experience in my field as well as empower young teens in a positive way. This internship will help me explore my career interests and gain experience working in my field of study.

Ariana Ortega
Editorial Intern
UTEP Multimedia Journalism Major
I would like to apply for this position for the experience and to further understand and learn more about the field. I would like to participate in an internship with Latinitas because it is local and while learning about the field it also involves helping young girls in various ways. My career goals are to graduate with a bachelors degree in Multimedia Journalism and continue on to work for a masters degree. This internship with Latinitas will help me reach my goals by serving as a stepping stone and a foundation to what my future may hold. It will also serve as a window to view what could potentially be my ultimate career!

Volunteer Spotlight: Service Learning Students

Latinitas teams up with the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement and the EPCC Service Learning Department to offer hands-on service learning opportunities for college students to gain hands-on volunteer experiences to compliment their educational experience. We are grateful for these student leaders who serve as mentors for our youth, help lead workshops, assist with our after-school programs and help at our special events.

Valeria Rodriguez
UTEP, Education Major
“I want to be part of the successful and exciting motivational organization Latinitas provides. I want to give back to my community and to learn more about my culture.”

Teresa Turon
UTEP, Criminal Justice Major
“This committee sounds like a fun and empowering environment! I was interested in the program you offer for young females. I would like to help out the community. I’d like to help these young ladies to be helpful and orient them to become successful in their future. I would like to be a role model for them and help them in anything they would need. I’d like to gain knowledge to help in any way possible. This program would help me in my Juvenile class I’m currently taking and in future classes.”

Marisela Ramirez
“I hope to gain experience and to learn more about the community.”

College & Career Day Volunteers

In November, Latinitas hosted a college & career day in our after-school program to give girls an opportunity to meet local female leaders, gain an understanding of the importance of college and learn about different career options.  We we appreciate our volunteers for sharing their time with Latinitas, serving as role models for girls, promoting higher education and helping expose them to a wide range of career opportunities. Here a couple of our volunteers share why they are passionate about inspiring local girls…

Carolina Chianelli
EPCC, Biology Professor
“As a Hispanic female, I think we need to show more positive Hispanic role models. We need to empower these young women and showing them that there are opportunities available to them is extremely important. For example, I never met a female engineer while I was growing up but I”m sure that engineering would have been an ideal field for me. Had I met a female engineer, I may have been an engineer instead of a Biologist! Giving back to my community gives a sense of fulfillment.”

Anna Haro
EPCC, Library Clerk
“I have always loved to work with children/youth, and most importantly inspire and guide them to thrive within educational choices and thus teach them about giving back to their community. My thesis focused on gender construction, through government-issued textbooks, and its influence over career choices. Textbooks, through images and vocabulary, have a deep impact on girls’ and boys’ attitudes over their career choices. I would like to break off those gender stereotype career choices that these girls have learned that they need to follow. As a volunteer with Latinitas, I hope to see participants gain knowledge over the opportunities education can offer them.

Chaparral NM School Thanks Latinitas

The Latinitas team had the honor of presenting our body image and media literacy presentation to all the 5th and 6th grade girls at Desert Trail Elementary in Chaparral, New Mexico. We discussed the unrealistic portrayals of beauty that is often seen in mainstream media and we talked about confidence boosting tips. The girls created their own mini-magazines highlighting their own advice to have a healthy self-esteem. We were delighted by the message we received from the school….
Dear Latinitas,  I greatly appreciate your visit to our school. After your visit, my girls came up to me about how much they enjoyed your presentation. They have been deeply inspired with your presentation and magazine cover they created  resulting in their next project of creating a monthly magazine over their accomplishments in school. If your organization would like to come in the Spring for another presentation we would be grateful. Again, thank you for motivating the girls in our school.  Many come from low socioeconomic area and your organization has provided inspiration and encouragement to succeed.
Sandra Silvas
Desert Trail Elementary School Counselor

Business Leaders Inspire Girls

WHO: The Business Chica workshop is presented by Latinitas, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering local girls, in partnership with Southwest University. The workshop is open to girls ages 10-17.

WHAT: The Business Chica workshop is focused on encouraging local girls to discover their entrepreneurial spirit, to learn about careers in the business sector and to prepare as the leaders of the 21st Century.

WHERE: Southwest University Auditorium

WHEN: December 13 from 10am-3pm

WHY: Girls will connect with female business leaders as they develop business skills, receive financial literacy training, learn about entrepreneurship and foster work-readiness skills. Girls will be able to work in teams to develop their own entrepreneur venture ideas, create a business plan and design their own marketing campaign. By meeting inspirational professional mentors, girls will be inspired to dream big and reach their full potential. Local girls are invited to explore their future careers and meet inspirational female leaders. The Business Chica Conference is created especially for pre-teen and teen girls. It will feature girl-friendly, unique hands-on workshops, motivational speeches, interactive activities, exhibits and inspiring career presentations. At the conference, girls will get a chance to meet role models in different fields and learn more about careers in those fields.


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